Couple missing, car washed away in Virginia flash flood

Posted at 1:45 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 13:45:26-04

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. - The search continues Thursday morning for a man and woman washed away in an Albemarle County flash flood.

"At approximately 9:30 p.m. [Wednesday] there was a flash flood of Ivy Creek in Albemarle County and a vehicle and its two occupants, a man and a woman, went missing near the intersection of Old Ballard Rd and Martin Farm Ln," a spokesperson with Charlottesville Emergency Management said. "A Silver Toyota Prius was observed being swept away in flood waters with its two occupants outside their vehicle and in the water. A second vehicle was also swept away but its single occupant was rescued from the water."

Water rescues were also underway in Lynchburg early Thursday morning, CBS 6 reported.

"The Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority is closely monitoring local reservoirs and no risk to these dams has been identified," the spokesperson continued. "There are significant road closures and moderate damage to one single-family home in Western Albemarle."

Albemarle declared a local emergency Wednesday night related to flooding in the county. All schools in the county are closed Thursday.

In Madison County, firefighters performed multiple water rescues.